Jacobson Arena, New Hampton School
In 2014, hockey teams at the New Hampton School practiced in an outdoor hockey facility that exposed audiences and players to the weather. The school district hired Banwell Architects to design a new fully-enclosed hockey rink to replace their existing open-air energy efficient year round facility.
Features of the new facility include:
- State-of-the-art energy efficient refrigeration system for ice production
- Waste heat recovery system for space heating, snowmelt, and the water to be used for ice resurfacing.
- Thermally broken, Low-E / Argon filled insulated windows
- Super-Insulated Roof Plane for added efficiency
- Insulated metal panel, and closed-cell insulated masonry wall system for thermal continuity
- Energy efficient LED Lighting throughout and occupancy sensors for lights
- HVAC / De-humidification / Air transfer systems designed to maximize air quality (particularly at locker rooms and other high-humidity areas)
- Local-based products used wherever possible, including steelwork, masonry, etc.
- Photovoltaic Solar collection system is currently being reviewed for clean energy production –Building orientation for solar readiness
- Computerized building energy management system to optimize both indoor air quality as well as the functioning of the cooling and other systems.
The new, more comfortable facility represents a major shift in the school’s hockey program, improving the school’s attractiveness to incoming students. The building also offers a protected venue for outdoor spring sports before the grass is ready for play. The facility includes a training room, varsity and junior varsity locker rooms for home and away teams, and a multi-function space overlooking the playing fields.